Hijacking Catastrophe: 9/11, Fear & the Selling of American Empire
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Hijacking Catastrophe: 9/11, Fear & the Selling of American Empire
Hijacking Catastrophe: 9/11, Fear & the Selling of American Empire examines how a radical fringe of the Republican Party has used the trauma of the 9/11 terror attacks to advance a pre-existing agenda to radically transform American foreign policy while rolling back civil liberties and social programs at home. The documentary places the Bush Administration's false justifications for war in Iraq within the larger context of a two-decade struggle by neoconservatives to dramatically increase military spending in the wake of the Cold War, and to expand American power globally by means of… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 83%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"An intellectually steelier case against Bush, his cabalistic administration and the Iraq war than Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11."
‑ Ernest Hardy, L.A. Weekly
"There's really nothing new here ... and lacking the drama and humor of Fahrenheit 9/11, it is even more likely to be preaching to the converted."
‑ Megan Lehmann, New York Post
"Is there a direct connection between 9/11, the invasion of Iraq, Hitler, Gary Cooper, George Bush, shock and awe, condoms and toasters, shopping, and the fall of the Soviet Union? These filmmakers think so."
‑ Prairie Miller, WBAI Web Radio
"This hard-hitting documentary criticizes the macho underpinnings of an American foreign policy based on military prowess to establish global dominance."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"It's the alpha male pathology that drives men to war and motivates them to want to protect their own that Hijacking Catastrophe explores most effectively."
‑ Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine
"The most outspoken and yet in some ways the calmest of the new documentaries opposing the Bush presidency."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"There's nothing like facts to prosecute a case, and this documentary about the Bush administration's pre-9/11 determination to invade Iraq is nothing if not fact-based."
‑ Jack Mathews, New York Daily News
"[I]n our toxic media environment... Hijacking Catastrophe becomes even more vital for anyone who considers himself informed on current events..."
‑ MaryAnn Johanson, Flick Filosopher
"The film's form is measured, but its message is incendiary."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"A solid primer on the errors of the Bush administration."
‑ Harvey S. Karten, Compuserve
"Although the positions are by now familiar, especially for those who have seen the previously released films on the subject, there's enough solid and persuasive analysis here to give this effort a fresh urgency."
‑ Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter
"Where Hijacking does its job best is in laying out the historical details of what Kwiatkowski calls the 'storyline' leading up to the Iraq invasion, a narrative fiction prepared and sold by neocons to a gullible, and scared, public."
‑ Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post
"Serious, sober, even chilling, and answers the question of why the U.S. went to war in Iraq better than any other recent film or television show on the subject."
‑ Eric Monder, Film Journal International
"No doubt it's a strong case. Why, then, does it feel so unconstructive?"
‑ Jordan Reed, Boxoffice Magazine